Educator to present glimpse into the deaf community March 26

March 17 2008

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- David Geeslin, superintendent of the Indiana School for the Deaf, will present a program for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute beginning at 1:30 p.m. March 26 at Westminster Village, 1120 E. Davis Drive, Terre Haute.

He will give a short glimpse of the life of deaf community members. He will also answer questions about living in today's world as a deaf person and American Sign Language (ASL).

Not only was Geeslin the first completely deaf student to earn a bachelor’s in linguistics from Purdue University, he also was the first deaf person to receive a doctoral degree from a university in Indiana (Indiana University 2007). He is now superintendent and CEO of the Indiana School for the Deaf, where he attended classes as a child.

Geeslin chairs numerous educational committees and has presented countless workshops, covering topics such as the bilingual approach in deaf education, ASL linguistics, and deaf children’s language and culture. He serves as a board member on the State Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities and was a 2007 member of the Indianapolis Public Schools Cultural Audit Task Force.

The event, in conjunction with Indiana State’s Disability Awareness Month activities, is free and open to the public. Geeslin’s appearance is sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Blumberg Center.

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Editor’s Note: A high resolution, downloadable photo is available at http://ISUphoto.smugmug.com/photos/256397864_KXXyU-D.jpg

Contacts: Marlene Lu, Indiana State University, Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education, (812) 237-2842, mlu3@isugw.indstate.edu
Carol Jinbo, Cunningham Memorial Library, (812) 237-2574 or cjinbo@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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David Geeslin, superintendent of the Indiana School for the Deaf, will present a program for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute beginning at 1:30 p.m. March 26 at Westminster Village, 1120 E. Davis Drive, Terre Haute.

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